San Diego State Opens Veterans House on Campus

The California state school is believed to be the first college to open such a house.

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In recent months, there has been a strong push—from educational institutions to the White House—to accommodate veterans returning from active military service around the world. The latest development might even start a new trend at institutions across the country.

The house for veterans that just opened along San Diego State University's fraternity row last week is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, and it very likely won't be the last, SDSU's Daily Aztec reports. There were school officials from other institutions on hand to witness the grand opening of SDSU's newest on-campus house, where veterans—many of whom use funds from the GI Bill—will live for at least the next three years.

It took a $20,000 donation from SDSU alumnus and Navy veteran Arthur Barron, a $5,000 check from USO San Diego, and a multitude of gifts received by the SDSU Student Veterans Organization, but the school officially opened the house with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. Barron's donation is contingent on the SDSU Research Foundation raising more cash, says the Daily Aztec, and the school will continue raising money for the project.

“We have an opportunity for national leadership with regard to this next generation of veterans," SDSU President Stephen Weber says. “And, in fact, we’re exercising a lot of that leadership around the country, so, of course, I would want to be here and be a part of that."

SDSU has some 1,000 veterans already on campus, according to SDSU's Nathaniel Donnelly, the assistant veterans coordinator and founder of the Student Veterans Organization. The school should expect more, Donnelly says, as more vets come home to expanded GI Bill options.

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